History Quiz / A Month of History (May)

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Can you name the year that these May events occurred?

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May 01Francis Gary Powers is shot down in a U-2 spyplane over the Soviet Union
May 02Soviet forces take control of the Reichstag building and announce the capture of Berlin
May 03The Battle of the Coral Sea - the first modern naval engagement - begins
May 04Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the UK
May 05Napoleon Bonaparte dies while in exile
May 06The German zeppelin Hindenburg is destroyed in a fire while attempting to land in New Jersey
May 07The RMS Lusitania is torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat
May 08Major combat ends in Europe ends as Germany forces agree to an unconditional surrender
May 09L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health is first released
May 10General Stonewall Jackson succumbs to injuries sustained from friendly fire
May 11The IBM computer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov and wins their 6 game rematch
May 12The body of the Lindbergh baby is found
May 13Pope John Paul II is shot at St. Peter's Square
May 14The State of Israel proclaims its independence
May 15Dutch forces surrender to Germany beginning 5 years of occupation
May 16The first Academy Awards ceremony is held
May 17The US Supreme Court reaches a unanimous decision in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka
May 18India becomes the 6th nation to successfully detonate a nuclear weapon
May 19Oscar Wilde is released from prison
May 20The Spirit of St. Louis departs from Roosevelt field on Long Island, New York
May 21In a referendum, Montenegrins vote 55.5% in favor of independence from Serbia
May 22The Republic of Yemen is unified
May 23Head of the SS Heinrich Himmler commits suicide while in Aliied custody
May 24The German battleship Bismarck sinks the HMS Hood
May 25Star Wars is released
May 26Bram Stoker's Dracula goes on sale in London
May 27Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia
May 28Comedian Phil Hartman is shot to death by his wife in a murder-suicide
May 29Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mt. Everest
May 30Royal Air Force planes carry out Operation Millennium over Cologne
May 31The Boer War ends

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